Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate FAQ
How much time do I have to be away from the office to take the Certificate class?
The Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate is a 3-hour program that includes a blend of lecture, discussion, question and answer and class activities. The program is being offered in a variety of settings, including at healthcare events and conferences, private sessions provided by employers as well as sessions at the Wool Center at Saint Louis University. Additionally, the HMCC program will be available in virtual format in the near future so that you don't even have to leave your desk to participate.
Can you explain the difference between Certification and a Certificate?
People often ask, "What is the difference between certification and a certificate?" To help avoid confusion in the industry, we have provided you the comparison below.
|Results from an assessment process that recognizes an individual's knowledge, skills and competency in a particular specialty||Results from an educational process|
|Typically requires professional experience||For newcomers and experienced professionals|
|Awarded by a third-party, standard-setting organization||Awarded by educational programs or institutions|
|Indicates mastery/competency as measured against a defensible set of standards, usually by application or exam||Indicates completion of a course or series of courses with a specific focus (different than a degree granting program)|
|Standards set through a defensible, industry-wide process (job analysis/role delineation) that results in an outline of required knowledge and skills||Course content determined by the specific provider or institution, not standardized|
|Typically results in credentials to be listed after one's name (CMP, CSEP, CMM)||Usually listed on a resume detailing education|
|Has on-going requirements in order to maintain; holder must demonstrate he/she continues to meet requirements||Demonstrates knowledge of course content at the end of a set period in time|
Certification generally refers to an earned credential that demonstrates the holder's specialized knowledge, skills, and experience. Certification differs from a certificate program, which is usually an educational offering that confers a document at the program's conclusion. Accreditation of a certification involves a voluntary, self-regulatory process. Accreditation is granted when stated quality criteria are met.
Why should I, or my company, get a Certificate in Healthcare Meeting Compliance?
The benefits of receiving the certificate are many:
- Professional recognition
- Personal satisfaction
- An indicator of expertise
- Increased opportunities for employment advancement opportunities
- Increased credibility with clients
What is the International Medical Meeting Professionals Association (IMMPA) and why are they endorsing those companies that receive a Certificate?
IMMPA is a professional, global association formed to better connect the healthcare meeting professionals community. Their objective is to provide conformity of healthcare meeting professionals information, education, training, Certificate, networking and supplier referrals. IMMPA maintains an IQ Center that extends the boundaries of services, offered by IMMPA, to create comprehensive information and an endorsement portal that can be referenced by members and non-members.
IMMPA will list the recipient and/or company to receive the Healthcare Compliance Meetings Certificate on their website. Each company recipient will also receive the IMMPA "Endorsed Seal of Approval".
Why would the Seal of Endorsement be important?
The IMMPA Seal of Endorsement would validate that a company or organization has received competency in healthcare meeting compliance. Clients are much more likely to work with a partner or supplier that evidences their knowledge of healthcare meeting requirements.
How does the Certificate and Seal of Endorsement work for an individual rather than a company?
A company can choose one or more persons as their representative to take the class. After the class, the Company will receive the Seal of Endorsement and they will be listed on the IMMPA website under the IQ Center. If the Company Representative leaves the company, the Certificate goes with that Representative and the Company would have to assign a new Representative to take the class.
An Individual would receive the University Certificate but not be eligible for the Seal of Endorsement.
However, the IMMPA Seal of Endorsement Recipients will be listed on their website and available to see by any site visitor. Also, a complete list of Individual Certificate recipients will also be listed and that list will be readily available to site visitors.
Who should receive a Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate?
The Certificate is targeted for those who devote a major portion of their time to working in the healthcare industry. The program is for those who are involved in planning and reporting transparency and spend and for those suppliers who provide services and products to the healthcare industry.
Are there specific organizations that would benefit from the Certificate?
The healthcare industry is vast and the Certificate can prove to be particularly beneficial to those in the following segments:
- Medical Device
- Medical Products
- Allied Health
- Healthcare Associations
- Animal Health
- Group Purchasing Organizations
- Physician Owned Distributorships
- 3rd Party Planning Companies
Are there specific supplier organizations that would benefit from receiving the Certificate?
Healthcare industry stakeholders could include:
- Conference and Convention Centers
- Other Venues
- Meeting Planning Agencies
- Audio Visual/Production Companies
- Destination Management and Ground Operators
- Cruise Lines
- Car Rentals
How do I receive a Certificate in Meeting Compliance?
The Certificate will be conferred on successful candidates upon completion of the requirements detailed below. Saint Louis University will confirm all application processes and present the Compliant Meeting Certificate to each person who completes the session. The right to use the IMMPA Endorsement Seal and the Certificate is effective for a two-year (1) period.
Applicants for Meeting Compliance Certificate program must:
- Submit a simple registration form
- Submit fees for registration, application and class session
- Attend full class session
What if I take the Certificate program and fail?
The Compliant Meeting Certificate program is not a Pass/Fail class. All students who take the class will receive a Certificate. Companies will also receive the International Medical Meeting Professionals Association (IMMPA) Seal of Endorsement and all students who take the class and are in good standing with their Certificate issue date will be listed on the IMMPA website.
How do I purchase class reference materials?
Your study materials are included in your program fees and materials will be sent to you prior to the class.
I would like to receive information about Saint Louis University and IMMPA.
Can I cancel my Certificate class after I have already signed up?
Yes, students may cancel their registration with a $100 USD cancellation fee if written notification is received by Saint Louis University at least 30 calendar days prior to the day of the class. Cancellations made less than 30 calendar days prior to the class and no-shows on the day of the class will forfeit their entire $795.00 class fee.
What can I expect to learn in the session?
The class is intended to teach the basic information needed by those involved in healthcare meetings:
- Learn the facts about U.S. and global healthcare regulations and laws.
- Understand the relevance of the laws and regulations on your core business.
- Discover the various types of healthcare meetings.
- Gain information on how to create the right environment for healthcare meetings.
- Recognize risks and liabilities.
- Apply sales and marketing tips for gaining healthcare meeting business.
- Receive a valuable Glossary of Terms.
What is the format of the class?
The Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate is a 3-hour program that includes a blend of lecture, discussion, question and answer and class activities.
What is required to maintain my Certificate status?
The Certificate must be renewed every two years to maintain status. You will not be required to re-take the class but supplemental information and content updates will be sent to you upon renewal. St. Louis University will notify you when your Certificate is due to expire and you will just have to re-apply.
How do I receive information about the Healthcare Meetings Certificate Program?